Designing Games to Encourage Wider World Thinking

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Nesta is an innovation foundation that looks at wider world problems and considers potential solutions, particularly in relation to new and emerging technologies, as well as digital solutions. One of their aims is to support and influence policy makers, that is, those who make wider world decisions on behalf of us all. 

As part of their work they have joined up with Digital Liberties, who are a cooperative of games makers, designers & policy analysts, to create board games that help policy makers have a deeper understanding of issues related to a particular problem. The context of games was chosen because:

  • They are fun and engaging way to get a message across
  • They help players develop an understanding of things from different perspectives 
  • They encourage players to develop a deeper understanding of the situation in order to develop a strategy to beat the other players
  • They allow players to experiment with new ideas and strategies without any costs


Visit the Nesta website

Visit the Digital Liberties website


 Impact Board Game

Impact is a board game that teaches individuals to think critically and creatively about emerging technologies and their use in society. 


Find out more about Impact


Rubbish Board Game

Rubbish is a board game that encourages an understanding of waste management systems and the difference individual and group actions can make.


Find out more about Rubbish


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